Plantation’s Heritage Day sets date

Destrehan Plantation’s 20th Annual Spring Heritage Day is will be held April 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the plantation grounds at 13034 River Road in Destrehan.

Students of all ages can learn about the self-sufficient lives of the free and enslaved who lived and worked on the plantation in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Festival highlights include open hearth cooking/slave fare, farm animals, 18th and 19th century vintage music and dancing, appearances from other historical sites, French Battalion and Civil War reenactors, Southeast Louisiana Native Americans, Colonial American exhibits and folk life demonstrations including weaving, spinning, candle making, blacksmithing, duck decoy carving, bousillage construction,  old time irons, the vintage garden, old time toys and games, calligraphy and carpentry.

Another major feature of this educational event is hands-on experiences in some of the featured folk life crafts.

This event is open to the general public. Pre-registration is required for school groups. Admission is $7 per student, teacher and chaperones. School groups are allowed one complementary teacher admission per 25 students. This includes all festival highlights, performances, demonstrations, and exhibits.

This event is sponsored by the River Road Historical Society, Azby Fund, United Way of St. Charles, R and St. Charles Women’s Club.

To register call Angie Matherne, Heritage Education Coordinator at Destrehan Plantation, 985-764-9315 or visit Destrehan Plantation’s website @ destrehanplantation.org to register online.

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